Former President Jimmy Carter will not attend the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, next month but will address the convention by video, the Democratic National Convention Committee announced Tuesday.
"Rosalynn and I regret that we will be unable to be at the Democratic Convention this year in Charlotte," President Carter said in a statement. "However, we remain steadfast in our support for President Obama and the progress he will make in the next four years."
The DNCC said that the video message from Carter will be played at Time Warner Cable Arena in prime time on September 4th, the first day of the convention.
Los Angeles Mayor and DNCC Chair Antonio Villaraigosa said, "President Carter is one of the greatest humanitarian leaders of our time and a champion of democracy around the globe."
"A lifelong champion of human rights and investments in education and energy to spur economic development, President Carter will provide unique insight into President Obama's ability to move our country forward and why we need his vision and leadership for a second term," he added.
First Lady Michelle Obama and San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, the keynote speaker, will also address the convention on its opening night.
Former President Bill Clinton and Massachusetts Senate Candidate Elizabeth Warren will speak at the arena on the second night, while President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden will deliver their acceptance speeches at Bank of America Stadium on the final night of the convention.
Conservatives have often sought to compare Obama unfavorably to Carter and have fought hard in an effort to make sure that he is also a one-term Democratic president.
by RTT Staff Writer
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